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Cinematoria Cali-Gari


This project is a new experiment combining orchestral music, cinema, academic and popular, acoustic and electroacoustic music. This form presents a new soundtrack and stage setting for a most important, classical silent film of German Expressionism, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, made 100 years ago.

Considered a masterpiece of psychological horror, the film takes the viewer into the subconscious of a man with an unstable psyche and explores themes of human manipulation and blind obedience. According to film critic Siegfried Kracauer, the character of Caligari symbolised unlimited power directed against human rights and values. These themes are reinterpreted and made relevant in the partly fixed, partly improvised music of composer Algirdas Martinaitis, winner of the National Prize, and electronic musician Leonas Somovas. The concert is enriched by theatrical stage action that blurs the boundaries of film and reality.

Electronics Leonas Somovas

Saxophone Liudas Mockūnas

Countertenor Vaidas Bartušas

Narrator Vaidotas Martinaitis

Conductor Karolis Variakojis

The premiere took place at the Contemporary Music Festival Muzikos Ruduo, on 16 October 2021 (Saturday), 20:00, at the Energy and Technology Museum of (Rinktinės St. 2, Vilnius)